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Velocity Futures Markets: Does the Fed Need a Structural Model?

Aaron Jackson () and Scott Sumner

Economic Inquiry, 2006, vol. 44, issue 4, 716-728

Abstract: Previous proposals suggesting monetary policy makers target private-sector forecasts have been shown to be problematic. As policy becomes more effective, private-sector forecasts become less informative. Under perfect stabilization private-sector forecasts provide no useful guidance to monetary policy makers about economic shocks. We illustrate a way around this circularity problem by creating a policy futures market linked to the ratio of the (realization of the) policy goal for next period and the current instrument setting. The implication is that extensive information gathering is unnecessary, weakening the argument that central banks need a structural model to conduct policy. (JEL E52, E44, E42) Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

JEL-codes: E42 E44 E52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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